Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type

Project Open Access


Vestibular therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy used to treat vestibular disorders or symptoms, characterized by dizziness, vertigo, and trouble with balance, posture, and vision. CDC reports from 2001-2009, the estimated number of ER visits for sports and recreational related concussions increased 62% in those 19 years old or younger, Abnormal vestibular information affects the position and movement of the head in space. Inaccurate vestibular input requires the brain to rely on the visual system which can result in fatigue and difficulty performing activities of daily living? Traditional concussion management consists of rest until complete resolution of symptoms, resulting in slower recovery and prolonged symptoms. The purpose of our research is to determine the effectiveness of skilled vestibular therapy or neuromuscular rehabilitation to reduce symptoms following a mild traumatic brain injury.


This project was part of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Messiah University, Mechanicsburg, PA.